The great Wilf Copping was born in Barnsley, England on this date aswell, in 1909. Copping cost £8,000 from Leeds United in 1934 and made his debut against Portsmouth on the 25th of August. After 189 appearances in an Arsenal shirt, he returned to Leeds in 1939, wanting to be near his family when the outbreak of war was announced.
On this day in 1950 Brian Close signed for Arsenal. Close was a proficient cricketer and that’s where his sporting career ultimately stayed. He had been an amateur with Leeds United and was given permission by Yorkshire Cricket Club to play for Arsenal. The first instance of him being picked to play (which was in 1952) his permission was rescinded and he turned up a day late only to be sacked by Arsenal.
On This Day William Gallas was born in Asnieres-sur-Seine. He joined Arsenal from Chelsea in 2006 as part of the deal that took Ashley Cole to Stamford Bridge (plus Arsenal received £5m). He played 142 times for the club and scored 17 goals eventually leaving on a free transfer to the shitty Middlesex club in 2010.
This date in 1990 was in the diary for Steve Gatting’s testimonial match. A friendly affair back at the Goldstone Ground between Brighton & Hove Albion and the Gunners as you would expect and 2-2 was the final score. David Rocastle & Alan Smith both scored for Arsenal.
2012 on this day saw the appointment of Thomas Vermaelen & Mikel Arteta as captain and vice-captain respectively.